Procedures

Organ Donors – Meet My Daughter, the Hero

This is one of my heartfelt blog posts, so if you are not up for heartfelt you should stop reading now. • Oh, you’re still here. Good. I am about to tell you a story of the daughter we raised and how she became a hero. First some statistics. More than 123,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for an organ transplant as of 2015. A new person joins the ...Read More

Get the Facts on FRAX

Fact: More than half of all bone fractures are in people with osteopenia rather than osteoporosis. May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month and the perfect time to bone up on your potential fracture risk.  If you haven’t heard of FRAX, it stands for Fracture Risk Assessment Tool. It was developed by the World...Read More

Revolution ahead in prevention, treatment

You’ll still get sick, still see a doctor and probably still dread hospital food. But much else in medicine will look different 30 years from now, says Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health. That includes "breathtaking" advances in understanding disease, improvements in technologies and in shifting medicine ...Read More

CDC says baby boomers should get hepatitis C test

All baby boomers should be screened for hepatitis C, a potentially deadly virus that can lead to liver failure, federal health officials said Thursday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends that everyone born between 1945 and 1965 undergo a one-time blood test for the virus. About 75 percent of the 3.2 million Americans infe...Read More

Weight-loss surgery rippled by controversy, medical promise

Edith Reyes wants to cure her diabetes. The 246-pound Ventura woman dreams of a body and life that will propel her and her four children away from drive-thru cheeseburgers, insulin and cardiology tests. Now in size triple-extra-large, she aspires for large, maybe medium. Her hopes pushed her into a Ventura operating room recently. A surgeon stapled...Read More

New approach tested for hard-to-treat hypertension

"Maxed out on the medications" is how Bill Ezzell describes his struggle with blood pressure. It’s dangerously high even though the North Carolina man swallows six different drugs a day. Hypertension may be the nation’s sneakiest epidemic, a time bomb that’s a leading cause of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure, a...Read More

To remove prostate, find experienced surgeon

A surgical technique can lessen the likelihood of erectile dysfunction and incontinence in men with prostate cancer who had surgery, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Dr. Jim Hu, director of minimally invasive surgery in the department of urology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and colleagues rec...Read More

New therapy could reduce diabetes-related amputation

Jim Keenan wasn’t particularly alarmed by a small blister that developed on his heel. Five days later, the 62-year-old’s foot was so seriously infected doctors feared they might need to amputate his lower leg. Keenan, who also has Type 2 diabetes, instead tried the emerging treatment called hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Best known as an an...Read More

Celebrating the Heimlich, a Lifesaving Maneuver

The quick and hard upward thrust of a balled up fist against the torso of a person desperately gasping for air can be the difference between life and death. The lifesaving maneuver, dubbed the Heimlich, impassioned one choking survivor, Doug Newberry, to establish a website — HeimlichHeroes.com — in honor of Dr. Henry Jay Heimlich, the ...Read More

Varicose veins? ‘Zap ’em!’

Lori Zeisler knew that varicose veins ran in her family. But hers showed up early – and they hurt. They first appeared when she was pregnant with her son, who is now 20. "It started with a few inches, and I didn’t think much of it," she said. The varicose veins got worse when she was pregnant with her daughter, who is now...Read More

Drug-coated stents prevent leg amputation

Minimally invasive procedure proves better than surgery when angioplasty fails in patients with severely blocked leg arteries. Drug-eluting stents can keep clogged leg arteries open, preventing amputation of the leg, suggests research being presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s 38th Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans. &...Read More

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